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Communication – what areas need improvement?

June 8th, 2021

June is here and the heat wave has begun. I realize that 90 degrees is not all that hot but after the lower 80’s it is quite an adjustment! Last week we found out the components of effective communication as well as a more complete definition of communication. This week we will continue discussing communication – how to recognize areas of deficiency and how to improve in those areas. Let’s dive back into all things communication!

How do we find our weaknesses, or as I like to call them – the opportunities for improvement, when it comes to communication? Ask those that we communicate with the most. I realize this may be uncomfortable, but growth rarely is comfortable. Who specifically do you ask? Coworkers, spouse/significant other, parents, children, and friends are all good resources to utilize in this adventure. The more people you ask, the more complete and better perspective you will have on your communication abilities. There are some websites that have communication quizzes, but to get the most out of these you need to be very honest with yourself and be prepared for the feedback provided.

Masterclass lists 6 areas to work on to improve your communication:

  1. Listening – Practice active listening by engaging with affirmative replies and asking relevant questions.

  2. Nonverbal – Focus on nonverbal communication as this is a major component of a first impression. Good nonverbal communication skills include eye contact with the speaker and positive facial expressions.

  3. Emotions – Manage your own emotions and express them appropriately for the situation.

  4. Feedback – Ask for feedback as I have already suggested above.

  5. Public Speaking – Practice public speaking to help develop good communication skills by the sink or swim method. The first time you speak in public will probably be scary, but it will get easier or at least less frightening with repetition.

  6. Filter – Develop a filter to help you express yourself in many different settings. I personally struggle with this one because I am an open book in most cases and my facial expressions (nonverbal communication) gives me away.

Whether this is the first time reading my blog, or you are a loyal subscriber, I am so glad you tuned in this week! I am loving all the feedback, so keep it coming! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe!

Have a blessed week ~ Lacey

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